American Academy of Nursing Jonas Policy Scholars Program
Launched in 2014, the Jonas Policy Scholars program, generously funded by Jonas Philanthropies, supports early-career scholars seeking to shape nursing practice, education, and research policy. The Academy Jonas Policy Scholars program is a two-year fellowship program in which up to six highly-qualified doctoral students, post-doctoral fellows, or recent doctoral graduates (within 2 years of graduation) in nursing will be selected to learn about the policy work of the Academy while they advance their own career goals in areas aligning with the Academy’s policy priorities. The three components of the Jonas Policy Scholar program are mentoring, policy, and engagement. It is this three-pronged approach that makes this program unique.
Each scholar will be paired with a member of the National Policy Mentoring Council (NPMC) who will serve as their mentor throughout the two-year program. In addition to bimonthly one-on-one mentoring sessions, members of the NPMC will also provide policy lectures to the entire cohort in their area of expertise.
Scholars will work side-by-side with Academy staff, including the Senior Director of Policy, Strategic Outreach Manager, and Policy Assistant, to promote the Academy’s vision to impact and influence health policy through nursing knowledge and leadership. Supporting the work of all 24 Academy Expert Panels, scholars will help scan the Federal Register, research evidence needed for Academy policy statements, and help draft comments. Additionally, each scholar will present a Peer-to-Peer on Policy webinar on a policy topic of their choice to their peers and engage in thoughtful conversation around policy solutions as well as overcoming barriers.
Scholars will attend the Academy’s Transforming Health, Driving Policy conference each year they are in the program. Additionally, scholars will participate in a three-day immersion program in Washington, DC that will provide real-time exposure to policy leaders from various federal entities and partner organizations.
The next application cycle will open in November 2020. View the application here.
2019-2020 Jonas Policy Scholar Cohort with NPMC Chair, Dr. Stephanie Ferguson (center)